Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Non-Fiction
What to Do About Alice?

What to Do About Alice?

Spring 2008 Non-Fiction
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Barbara Kerley
Illustrator: Edwin Fotheringham
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 0439922313
Hardcover Price: $16.99
Far too often, political and historical books written for young children tend to verge on the subdued, dry side. Not this one. What To Do About Alice? is a true story that reads like the most colorful fiction, detailing the exploits of "Princess" Alice Roosevelt, daughter of President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt and, apparently, the darling of the media during the early twentieth century. The press loved her unconventional behavior, her constant "gallivanting around," and people worldwide loved her for the same reason. She was refreshingly real and spirited, whether she was racing her car around town or acting on her father's behalf on diplomatic trips abroad. But while the American people embraced her by writing songs about her and creating a shade of blue in her honor, Alice's outgoing nature was a source of anxiety and embarrassment for her father; what to her was "eating up the world" was "running riot" to the President. Girls, especially, will find both humor and inspiration in the story of Alice's life and individuality. Edwin Fotheringham's charming illustrations of the heroine evoke such beloved fictional characters as Madeline and Eloise.
Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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